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Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October
8, 1949 in New York City) is an Oscar-nominated American actress.
Weaver is the daughter of the late NBC television executive Pat
Weaver and Desirée Hawkins Ingles, a British actress. Her
uncle was comedian and actor Doodles Weaver.
She began using the name Sigourney Weaver in 1963, after a character
in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. She attended the prestigious
prep school, the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut and
later studied English at Stanford University, then drama at Yale
School of Drama where she appeared in original plays by friend and
classmate Christopher Durang.
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Although Weaver has played a number of critically acclaimed roles
in movies like Gorillas in the Mist, The Ice Storm, Dave, and The
Year of Living Dangerously, she is perhaps best known for her appearances
as Warrant Officer/Lieutenant Ellen Ripley in the blockbuster "Alien"
movie franchise. Her first appearance as Ripley was in Ridley Scott's
1979 film Alien. She then reprised the role in all three sequels:
Aliens, Alien³, and Alien: Resurrection. She was nominated
for a Best Actress Academy Award for portraying Ripley in Aliens.
She also appeared in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, as Dana
Barrett. She played the role of the agoraphobic criminal psychologist
Helen Hudson in the 1995 movie Copycat, and went on to become the
most highly paid actress of the 1990s. In addition to her trademark
role as Ripley, Weaver has recently concentrated on smaller, more
challenging roles such as 1999's A Map of the World and 2006's Snowcake.
Critics have also noted her consistent performances in comedic roles,
such as in Jeffrey (1994) and Heartbreakers (2001), in which she
starred with Jennifer Love Hewitt.
In 2003, Weaver was voted 20th in Channel 4's countdown of the
100 greatest movie stars of all time. She was one of only two women
in the top 20 (the other was Audrey Hepburn).
Bryan Singer had originally wanted Weaver to play the lead villainess
role of Emma Frost in X-Men: The Last Stand. But after Singer left
the project to direct Superman Returns, the story changed considerably
and the part of Emma Frost was dropped entirely from the script.
In addition to her Academy Award nomination for Aliens, Weaver has
received two other nominations in her career. Both occurred in 1988;
This makes Weaver one of only ten actors and actresses to have received
two nominations in the same year. Weaver received a Best Actress
nomination for her role as gorilla conservationist Dian Fossey in
Gorillas in the Mist and a Best Supporting Actress nomination for
her role as Katharine Parker in Working Girl opposite Harrison Ford
and Melanie Griffith. She did not win either one; however, she won
a Golden Globe award for each role.
Weaver married theater director Jim Simpson (of The Flea Theater)
in 1984, and they have one child, Charlotte Simpson (born 1990).
After making the movie Gorillas in the Mist, she became a supporter
of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and is now the DFGFI's honorary
Weaver is a committed environmentalist. In October 2006 she
drew international attention through a news conference at the start
of a United Nations General Assembly policy deliberation. The topic
was the widespread threat to ocean habitats posed by deep-sea trawling,
an industrial method for harvesting fish.
Weaver is notable for her stature, standing 1.82 m (6 ft) tall.
2009 Avatar as Grace
2008 The Tale of Despereaux - voice only
2007 The Girl In The Park as Julia Sandburg
2007 Vantage Point
2007 Happily N'Ever After as Rieda (voice)
2006 Infamous as Babe Paley
2006 The TV Set as Lenny
2006 Snowcake as Linda Freeman
2004 Imaginary Heroes as Sandy Travis
2004 The Village as Alice Hunt
2003 Holes as Warden Walker
2002 Tadpole as Eve Grubman
2001 Heartbreakers as Max Conners/Angela
1999 Galaxy Quest as Gwen DeMarco/Lieutenant Tawny Madison
1997 The Ice Storm as Janey Carver
1997 Alien: Resurrection as Ellen Ripley clone
1997 Snow White: A Tale of Terror as Claudia Hoffman
1995 Jeffrey as Debra Moorhouse
1995 Copycat as Helen Hudson
1994 Death and the Maiden as Paulina Escobar
1993 Dave as Ellen Mitchell
1992 1492: Conquest of Paradise as Queen Isabella
1992 Alien 3 as Ellen Ripley
1989 Ghostbusters II as Dana Barrett
1988 Working Girl as Katharine Parker
1988 Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey as Dian Fossey
1986 Aliens as Ellen Ripley
1986 Half Moon Street as Dr. Lauren Slaughter
1985 Une femme ou deux as Jessica Fitzgerald
1984 Ghostbusters as Dana Barrett
1982 The Year of Living Dangerously as Jilly Bryant
1981 Eyewitness as Tony Sokolow
1979 Alien as Ellen Ripley
1977 Annie Hall as Alvy's Date Outside Theater
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